“Age old folk tradition with a distinctive English slant. Highly recommended. Buy it!”
Part of the thriving UK alt-folk scene, James Frost often draws comparison with the romanticism of Nick Drake or the mysticism of Leonard Cohen. His intimate, left-handed guitar picking and dreamlike, pastoral lyrics are quintessentially English and reliably cast a hushed spell over chattering audiences. In the studio, elements of electronica, distortion and sampled sounds are added to his quiet folk to create something all together more modern.
James is a graduate of the British Academy of New Music (following in the footsteps of Ed Sheeran). His latest EP includes the visceral anthem ‘Rolling Thunder’ as produced by legendary record producer Clive Langer (David Bowie, Elvis Costello, David Byrne) and the dreamlike title track and lead single ‘Nameless’, featuring the haunting harmonies of London songwriter Carmody. The single was chosen as one of BBC 6Music Tom Robinson’s picks of the week (Fresh Faves) and remixed by popular Russian DJ Loolacoma.
James honed his craft at campfires and small acoustic cafes over many years, eventually stepping up to headline shows at Norwich Arts Centre in his hometown. In 2012 he toured with festival café Coyote Moon, playing each day to audiences large and small at festivals across the country. That year, his sound was noticed by Secret Garden Party founder, Fred Fellowes, who invited him to play on the main acoustic stage of the festival before Newton Faulkner and Lianne La Havas. Since then, he has done shows with Martha Tilston, James Yorkston, Tiny Ruins, Otis Gibbs and many other folk heroes.
Whilst living on the road, he has performed on a solar powered stage at Glastonbury Festival, in a 700 year old Dartmoor chapel, at living room house concerts arranged by fans and to a completely naked audience in a festival sauna.
He has a good few stories to tell...
"English folk, crisp picked guitar and a huskily introverted vocal...fans of Harper, Carter, Drake will love it. 8/10 - EP Review"
“In an EP ranking of 2014 the Nameless EP would surely be among my first three choices. It’s such a beautiful collection of songs, with diverse instrumentations and a deep-rooted confidence in their performance”
"Wow, I am very impressed"
– Fred Fellowes, Founder of the Secret Garden Party Festival
"One of the most beautiful songs I have ever heard... an artist who has truth running through his veins"
– Luke Hannam, Gramme
“Hugely atmospheric, compelling”
– Frank Hennessey, BBC Radio Wales
“Hints of Nick Drake and John Martyn... very nice”
– Kathryn Tickell, Amazing Radio